Rapunzel is an upcoming American CGI film created and presented by Walt Disney Animation Studios featuring the voices of Kristin Chenoweth and Dan Fogler. It will be the 50th animated feature produced by the Studio, planned for release in 2010. The story is based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
Doeri Welch-Greiner, the production manager for the movie, says that “The original version was that a girl got pulled from the modern world and replaced Rapunzel (Kristin Chenoweth), and Rapunzel got turned into a squirrel. But we’re on a clearer, more classic fairy-tale sort of track right now with Dean Wellins as co-director; he was one of the story guys on Iron Giant and a Disney animator for a long time. It really plays on the mystery of the girl in the tower, and I think it’s really going to be great with Dean’s story sense and sense of staging, and the artistry that Glen brings to it, we hope we can bring the artistry of the movie to a different place.”
Keane also promises that he’s going back to Rapunzel’s literary origins to do a traditional, character-driven fairy tale that speaks to a modern audience. “It’s a story of the need for each person to become who they are supposed to be and for a parent to set them free so they can become that. It will be a musical and a comedy and have a lot of heart and sincerity. I think that’s what Disney needs to do right now. No one else can do it. We should not be embarrassed or make excuses for doing a fairy tale.
On October 9, 2008, it was reported Glen Keane and Dean Wellins would be stepping down as directors and would be replaced by a new team of Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, director and storyboard director of 2008’s Bolt.
* Rapunzel – Kristin Chenoweth
* Father Sam / Mr. Sunton – David Schwimmer
* Prince Flynn – Dan Fogler
* Mother Amy / Woman on T.V. – Carolyn Lawrence
* Narrator – Kevin Linehan
* Father Sam (singing) – Wayne Allwine
* Grandma Claire – Pam Hyatt
* Young Prince Flynn – Matthew Gray Gubler
* Grandpa Franklin – Peter Sallis
* Madame Gothel/Evil Witch – Grey DeLisle
Disney’s Rapunzel is set to hit the silverscreen on Christmas Day of 2010.